Comedic actor Seth Rogen caused a Twitter frenzy after he shrugged off Los Angeles criminals who break into cars, suggesting it’s just part of normal life in a big city.
The viral uproar started when the “Knocked Up” star responded to a tweet from YouTube personality Casey Neistat, who wrote on Wednesday, “so our cars were robbed this morning because Los Angeles is a crime riddled 3rd world of a city” and thanked the LA Police Department for arresting the criminal and recovering all of the stolen property.
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“Dude, I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re crazy haha,” Rogen responded. ‘It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. That’s called living in a big city.’
“I can still be mad, right?” Neistat early, adding, “feel so violated.”
“You can be angry, but I guess I don’t personally see my car as an extension of myself and I’ve never really felt violated in the 15 or so times my car has been broken into,” said Rogen. responded. “Once a guy accidentally left a cool knife in my car, so if it keeps happening, you might be in for a little treat.”
Neistat told Rogen he “got no treats” and that the thief had brought decorations to his daughter’s 7th birthday party, but then asked, “how did you get your car broken into 15 times?”
“I lived in West Hollywood and parked on the street for 20 years,” Rogen wrote. “It’s also a shame that your s— was stolen, but LA isn’t some shithole city. As far as big cities are concerned, it has a lot to offer.”
Critics criticized the wealthy actor for being so dismissive of car break-ins in Tinseltown, with many accusing him of being “privileged.”
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“I don’t think ‘my car was broken into 15 times’ does the pro-Los Angeles work that Seth seems to be doing here,” writes Washington Post columnist Sonny Bunch. responded.
“It doesn’t bother me either if one of the many cars is broken into. I just ask my assistant to clean it all up and fix it. Who cares?” Noam Blum of Tablet Magazine mocked Rogen. “Seeing crime as a strange reality of city life, akin to deer eating your vegetable garden, is a romantic Hollywood spectacle of something that has no redeeming value and takes no loss of humanity to prevent.”
“You know, people talk about how this or that statement embodies ‘privileged,’ and 95% of the time it’s total bulls—, but this…yeah,” tweeted political commentator Cathy Young.
“Multi-millionaire celebrity explains why breaking into your car isn’t a bad thing and you just have to get over it,” wrote Daily Caller reporter Dylan Housman.
Why is it okay? It might not be such a big deal for someone with [tremendous] wealth, but it is certainly for someone who is having a hard time. Could be the difference between making and not. And anyway, the idea that it’s just okay… the cost of living… is… unhealthy,” replied entertainment journalist Katherine Brodsky.
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“Seth Rogen is only funny when he’s not trying to be,” writes Substack writer Jim Treacher joked.
Rogen seemed to respond to the backlash, suggesting that he would rather clash privately with his critics.
“A lot of people come up to me and talk about s— on Twitter hoping I’ll interact with them publicly and give them attention, but instead I DM them and tell them they have to fuck themselves privately. It’s much more fun,” Roger tweeted.